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Drummer Talk Archives – Custom Drum from A to Z(ed) (Part II)

We are on our annual Winter Retreat here at VISIBLE SCHOOL, so please enjoy this show from the archives!  This show originally aired Jan 16, 2006.

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We finally finish part 2 of Custom Drums from A-Z(ed) with Bryan Rumfola. Plus we talk all about bass drum drum head choices and the many options for you and the Pearl Reference reference returns. Oh, and Steve Gadd swings by for a visit!! (P.S. I know the sound is a little peak-ish on this episode and the background music is a bit loud but please bear with us. It was a crazy sound night last night.)

Note: part I can be found here.

Loop of the Week 08/13/2008 – Funky Bass, 120bpm

This week’s loop of the week is a funky bass riff at 120 bpm.  Let us know what you think!

How is DW not being sued over this?

I came across DW’s new Steve Smith Backstage Practice Pad and I got a strange feeling of Dejá Vu. How the heck are the Knee Pad guys not suing DW over patent infringement?? These are obviously the same products!

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Gear review – Sonor Giant Step Middle Pedal

Gear review – Sonor Giant Step Middle Pedal

Alright then, this is the Sonor Giant Step Middle Pedal… which is a really long name to type out so I’m gonna abbreviate it as GSMP. This was the last pedal I used before I sold my drum-set for reasons I shall not disclose. The Giant Step series is Sonor’s high end line of pedals and all share some basic features. Most of which I appreciate, one of which I wish they would have made optional or removed altogether. One of the things I really do like is the docking station. The docking station is a small clamp that you put on your bass drum hoop where you would normally clamp the pedal. Once you’ve got it on the way you like it you just leave it on. From there all you have to do is slip the male locking mechanism on your giant step into the docking station and pull the lever on the bass plate of your pedal. Bam! your pedal is attached. It really makes setting up and switching pedals a breeze… as long as you use another GS (giant step) pedal.

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DVD review – Matt Ritter’s Unburying the Beater

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Matt Ritter is just your average drummer. Outside of having his own dvd, the chances are that you’ve never heard of him… and probably never will. I’ve just got to say flat out that I don’t like his playing from a musical stand point… it’s flat and boring IMHO. He (thankfully) doesn’t play that much in the video, it’s pretty much all business once you get past the intro.

I think that Mr. Ritter is the George Lawrence Stone of foot technique. He’s basically compiled and organized what is the foot’s equivalent of the free-stroke. He calls his method “unburying the beater” though that can refer to any foot technique that doesn’t jam the beater into the head after a stroke. So I took the liberty of renaming it for him! I call it the Ritter stroke. Clever huh? Read more…

DVD review – Steve Smith’s Drum-set Technique/History of the U.S. Beat

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This dvd is kind odd in the sense that it accomplishes two very distinct goals as opposed to one vague one. The first dvd in the set is like a clinic with general drum technique in mind. The second one is like a themed showcase concert, the theme being the history and development of the U.S. beat. I’m extremely satisfied with the set as a whole but the second dvd is the thing that makes me glad I bought it. I personally think people of all sorts need to know at least something about their history, drummers are no exception. So I’d like to thank Steve and the guys at Hudson for making this a two disk, two subject set. I say this because they very well could have just shot the first disk and sold it for half price. The first disk can stand on its own but I don’t think that the second one would sell by itself. Good thinking, Hudson. Read more…

Drummer Talk 03/02/2007 – Kick Pedals!

It’s all about the feet today as we talk about kick pedals. From the Iron Cobra to the DW 9000, we cover it all .. well, most of it.

Drummer Talk 01/16/2006 – Custom Drum from A to Z(ed) (Part II)

We finally finish part 2 of Custom Drums from A-Z(ed) with Bryan Rumfola. Plus we talk all about bass drum drum head choices and the many options for you and the Pearl Reference reference returns. Oh, and Steve Gadd swings by for a visit!! (P.S. I know the sound is a little peak-ish on this episode and the background music is a bit loud but please bear with us. It was a crazy sound night last night.)

Note: part I can be found here.

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